Black Ark fun fest

This week I’ve been reading one of BL’s novella series one books, Heart of Winter by Nick Horth. It’s a short story of revenge as a female Corsair captain, Arika Zenthe, seeks to kill her farther by any means (basically anything bloody).

I won’t spoil the story here, but I’d recommend giving it a read yourself. What’s fascinating is that the story delves into the what makes a Black Ark a fearsome Citadel/ fortress sea fleet, what makes it sail and what goes on inside the fortress (just imagine Clar Karond mixed with Hag Graef, and you’ll know what I mean). There’s also more exploration of different societies and races in Ghur, and how the places function in brief but interesting exposition.

But to meat of the meal, this story is a first look at the Scourge, or Scourge Privateers to be exact, and this story has enough lore to make sense of how the Scourge operate in AoS. I’m very pleased to see part of (once Dark Elves faction) the Druchii factions get some spotlight by BL after a three year gap of nothing to go on. Nick Horth has done a splendid job at crafting a creative, fun and new background lore into the Scourge whilst also keeping the established lore of Warhammer Fantasy woven in.

With that said, I’d like to point out a few interesting bits of information I’ve found in the story, although they might be slight spoilers to the novella story (not major ones). So it’s best if you the book first if interested in reading it.

  • Reaper Bolt Throwers make a come back and are now cannon in AoS lore! (Whilst they’re not got point values for match play, you can more than justify using one in narrative games for a cut throat Scourge Privateer army).
  • The Black Arks are still the same as Warhammer Fantasy lore.
  • The Scourge are just on the tip of provoking a war with Sigmar, but still do trading openly and a side of black marketing behind closed doors.
  • The Elves originally of the Dark kin are all still called the Druchii, so there are still some traditions of the past carried on into AoS’s timeline.
  • The Scourge Privateer are all known to many as the ‘Scourge’.
  • [slight Spoiler]: In Druchian, The Dryads are described as being cold blue with dark wood of black, caused by the morbid eternal cold affect of a sacred artefact. So depending on the environment, I guess the Dryads can change based on the season.
  • The Wanderes get a bad reputation, and the Dryads would more than gladly slay them for their crimes of the past, for betraying and leaving the forest folk in the Age of Chaos.

Now you may be wondering why I’ve not mentioned much about the books protagonist, Arika. It’s mostly because a lot of her history will spoil the story if I said here. However, as far as a female protagonist goes, she’s on my list as top best Aelven anti hero characters for hero ruthlessness at getting the job done and isn’t too brooding with the right mix of fun and dark.

Would I like to see her in a sequel novella, short story, audio or even a full privateer novel? Yes, I very much want to see her story continued in any form of said above. We’ve already got a lot of Stormcast Eternals, Freeguild, Duardin and Chaos stories, now would be a great time to get some Aelves in BL books. I think Nick Horth’s book has a exceeded more expectations with this book, with the cliffhanger at the end being a very good one, I hope we’ll be able to see more of Arika Zenthe in future fiction.

Well with that, I’m done for today, one book down, there more to go! Next up I’m reading Evan Dicken’s first AoS novella, The Red Hours. So far into chapter one I’m already absorbed into this story, and I can’t wait to see how it progresses!

Until next time!

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-Bjorn

The Sample days 2009- 2012

I found these sample Black Library booklets the other day whilst sorting out my box of old books and dvds. These sample books used to be available at local GW stores for free, an easy way to find which book to get next.

I used to collect these when I needed to find the next book on my to do list, very helpful at a time before digital sample downloads. Sadly after 2012 GW stopped producing these free sample books, I can imagine it costed Black Library a lot of money to produce them.

Whilst there’s no value in these sample books as many of the books featured can still be read online. However, not all of the books shown in the sample booklets are accessible, as a few haven’t been republished in physical and digital download. Such books include limited edition books, art books, old published books and choose your own adventure books. So I’ve kept them still to this day.

In a way, it’s a part of Black Library history that’s obscure to most people, today I doubt many would even remember the sample books. So I thought I might show my sample books today, I don’t have a lot to say as there’s not much I can talk about.

Until next time!

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

“Research”

What I did:

  • 3 hours of researching, reading and writing.
  • Careful handwriting and grammar check.
  • Try not to mix up ‘Clar Karond’ with Korand Kar’.
  • Find anything relating to Clar Karond.
  • Try not to use any wiki sites at all, need proper sources.
  • Finding all the family tree members of the Helbane dynasty, as well as hero’s of Clar Karond.

You could say I’ve been busy today!

-Bjorn

Inspired Soul Wars Collection short: Lord Ordinator Hagramities and Lord Relictor Dathus

My first OC that I’ve been kitbashing of a Lord Ordinator, which will be joining my Sacrosanct Chamber as chief engine-seer. What’s interesting about this character is his previous life before he was reforged, I won’t spoil it here for now, but I’ll hint that he was a captured slave in his past life in the World-That-Was.

Secondly, I have made a kitbashed model of a named character from the novel, Soul Wars, called Dathus. A Lord Relictor who’s responsibility was placed upon him to ensure his warriors guarded the under crypts at all costs. Like a Chaplin of sorts, he guided his fellow warriors on the best solutions to ensure their duty was done.

I’ll be sure to post these two models again once I’ve painted them, and hopefully they’ll be done by the time series one of Inspired Soul Wars Collection is done.

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-Bjorn

Inspired Soul Wars Collection: Skeleton warriors

Finally, I’ve managed to get a whole unit of Skeleton warriors done! Well ten more models painted, the other ten were done years ago. I’m happy to have gotten this neglected unit proper attention, now part of my growing undead collection.

This unit is based on one of the many vast legions of Deathrattle that served the Wight King, during the strike attack at Glymmsforge. Fighting alongside the Deadwalkers and Nighthaunt, the hordes of fleshless dead served their master by marching into battle with tireless resolve to breach the defences.

As part of my allied detachment for the Nighthaunt army, I’ve been trying to get as much Deathrattle done as possible (whilst I still have my enthusiastic energy going). It’s paid off so far, getting this lot painted is just another step closer to getting all of my neglected Death models painted.

In fact, I only need to paint a unit of Grave Guard for my Deathrattle force! It’ll be a lot more challenging as only two of eight were painted, and it’ll be hard for me to replicate the colour scheme. But fingers crossed I might get it done right!

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-Bjorn

Inspired Soul Wars Collection: Retributors

Just recently painted these two for my Stormcast Eternals collection, as part of the Warrior Chamber for the Anvils of Heldenhammer. I might include one more Retributor so that the unit size is at a decent number of models to play (even though it’s still under strength).

With this unit done, I only have the final task of getting the Shadespire Stormcast Eternals set to cover both my existing Liberator unit, and a Lord Celestant that I’ll be kitbashing. Then that’s it for the Stormcast Eternals for this series!

My Other collection in the series is nearly done, my Death alliance has only two more units left to paint. Currently the Skeleton warriors are nearly done, I just need to get their bases textured to finish them off.

I’m wondering what I should do to celebrate the series 1 finale post, I need more time to plan on that one….

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

Bjorn